• Donald Woods & The Vel-Aires  (Los Angeles)
    aka The Bel-Aires (3) aka The Rhythm Masters

    Personnel :

    Donald Woods (Lead)

    Randolph Bryant (Tenor)

    Willie Graham (Second Tenor)

    Ira Foley (Bass)

    Discography :

    1955 - Death Of An Angel / Man From Utopia (Flip 306) 

    1955 - Stay With Me Always / My Very Own (Flip 309) 

    1956 - Heaven In My Arms / Mighty Joe (Flip 312)

    Biography :

    Donald "Buster" Woods originally recorded as a with The Medallions, from Los Angeles, California. The Medallion's group leader was Vernon Green, but when Woods split from Green he took three of the Medallions with him to form The Bel-Aires, who were known as the Vel-Aires when they weren't backing Woods.

    In 1954, Flip Records, a small, Hollywood based label, that specialized in Doo-Wop, recorded two Singles by The Bel-Aires, "This is Paradise," backed with "Let's Party Awhile," (Flip #303) and "White Port & Lemon Juice," backed with "This Is Goodbye," (Flip #304).

    In June, Flip issued the group's third record, but by then their name had been changed to the "Vel-Aires." It's probable that this was due to the existence of another West Coast Bel-Aires, this one a black and white duo that had covered Marvin & Johnny's "Tick Tock" on Crown in 1954.
    Flip Records recorded two other Singles by Donald Wood & The Vel-Aires.

    Songs :

    Heaven In My Arms                         Stay With Me Always

    Death Of An Angel                            Man From Utopia

    Mighty Joe                                    My Very Own


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